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Attraction | Bird of Prey Centre
Included With Admission

Birds of prey centre


Leeds Castle’s Bird of Prey Centre houses birds from a variety of different species, from our smallest Burrowing Owl to our largest, a Russian Steppe Eagle.

Every day (weather permitting) the birds are on public display on the weathering ground and in their aviaries. Each bird has an information sign showing their name, species, age, origin and what they like to eat. The Bird of Prey Centre is located behind the Maze. 

April to September: 10am to 5pm daily

October to March: 10am to 4pm daily 

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Licence holder name: Mark Brattle
Licence number: 19/01117/ANEST

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Meet the falconry team

Mark - Leeds Castle Falconry Team

Mark Brattle, Falconry & Wildlife Manager

Mark’s life-long fascination with birds of prey began at three years old followed by visits and experiences at falconry centres throughout the UK. The first decade of his career was spent learning the art of falconry from apprenticeship to Head Falconer positions at the bird of prey centres across the country.

In February 2012 Mark joined Leeds Castle to set up and manage the Falconry Department sourcing birds, equipment and staff. Mark has established a talented and hardworking team of falconers who have great fun looking after the birds of prey for the enjoyment of visitors to the Leeds Castle estate.  

Hannah James, Head Falconer

Hannah’s passion for birds of prey started at 10 years old when a falconry centre visit triggered a fascination with the bond between the Falconer and his Bald Eagle.

Hannah spent the next few years studying birds of prey before being bought her first bird Keye, a Harris Hawk who now resides at Leeds Castle, allowing her to train him, gain his trust and share new experiences.

Following work experience with Mark in Kent, Hannah ran her own bird of prey centre for five years where she helped rescue birds and taught people about Falconry. Hannah began working at Leeds Castle in March 2012. 

Hannah - Leeds Castle Falconry Team
Sam - Leeds Castle Falconry Team

Sam Weir, Falconer

Sam’s love for birds of prey started from a young age as he was lucky enough to have a bird of prey team visit his school. From then Sam visited as many falconry centres as he could each time getting more fascinated with the bond between the raptors and their handlers.

Sam then started volunteering which led into an apprenticeship at a bird of prey centre in Kent. By being with the birds on a daily basis, his love for birds of prey really flourished. After going to Hadlow Collage and studying Animal Management and after doing a period of work experience at Leeds Castle he managed to get a position as a volunteer with the Falconry & Wildlife Team. He started to volunteer at Leeds Castle in January 2019.

A couple of years later Sam has bought two birds of his own, a Harris Hawk named Harper and a Hybrid Falcon named Morgan, both of which love to fly in the Castle Grounds. Sam became a member of staff and joined the team permanently in August 2022.

Meet The Birds


European Eagle Owl


Harris Hawk


Asian Brown Wood Owl


Tawny Owl


Pale Chanting Goshawk


Ural Owl


African Spotted Eagle Owl


Steepe Eagle


Red Legged Seriema


Striated Caracara


Harris Hawk


Barn Owl


Spectactled Owl


Siberian Eagle Owl


Chaco Owl


Something for everyone at Leeds Castle